To help you understand the origins of America’s celebration of labor and to help you and yours celebrate safely, Rytech has assembled helpful information regarding both, including protecting your home against water damage.
It is Rytech’s sincere desire that the American workforce continue occupying its rightful place in the production and manufacture of goods and services–making the American economy the best in the world.
Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September, this year September 6th. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.
Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader, was the person who came up with the idea for Labor Day. He thought American workers should be honored with their own day. He proposed his idea to New York’s Central Labor Union early in 1882, and they thought the holiday was a good idea, too.
“Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. Following the deaths of 13 workers during the Pullman Strike in June of 1894, President Grover Cleveland made reconciliation with the labor movement a top political priority, and Labor Day become a federal holiday in 1894.
Here are some quick and common sense suggestions Rytech hopes will make your Labor Day celebrations as safe and enjoyable as possible.
If grilling is a part of your planned festivities, please be sure to…
- Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Avoid the use of charcoal starter or lighter fluid once coals have already ignited.
- Keep your grill clean after every use.
- Keep a spray water bottle handy for flare-ups.
If traveling is part of Labor Day plans…
- Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver instead, call a Taxi or use Uber, or any number of public transportation options available.
- Watch for Motorcycles! There are often many on the road during Labor Day and often there are Motorcycle rallies with hundreds of bike enthusiasts traveling to and from.
- Allow enough time for travel and follow the speed limit.
- Eliminate all distracting driving activities, especially using cellphones and mobile devices.
- Remain alert for other (potentially intoxicated) drivers and drive defensively.
- In 2021, the average cost of residential water damage incidents ranged from $3,000 up to $5,000. So, before you leave don’t forget to protect your home from possible water damage. Effective water damage prevention is always preferable to dealing with the consequences after it happens. See Rytech’s Blog titled: Water Damage Prevention.
If water sports or swimming is part of your Labor Day plans…
Remember, even if you aren’t a drinker, chances are good that someone else is. Be conscientious of individuals with impaired judgment who may be in or near swimming areas.
- Check weather and water conditions before and throughout the day.
- Always swim with a buddy in designated swimming areas supervised by a lifeguard.
- Constantly monitor any children and employ the “buddy” system when they are in or near the water.
- Provide young children and inexperienced swimmers with Coast Guard-approved life jackets.